The report into the collision of a passenger train with the buffer stops and station building at Guildford in 1953.
This document was published on 18th January 1954 by Ministry of Transport.
It was written by Brigadier C. A. Langley.
This item is linked to the Accident at Guildford on 18th September 1953
The original document format was Stapled Book, and comprised 8 pages.
This document was kindly sourced from Stuart Johnson and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 12th September 2006.
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"The 3.12 p.m. 8-coach electric passenger train from Waterloo to Guildford via Cobham, running under clear signals, entered No. 1 Bay platform at a speed of about 25 m.p.h. but it failed to stop before reaching the sand drag at the end of the bay, where the first coach was dislodged from its bogies and was shot forward over the platform. It demolished the end wall of the station building and then passed through the Station Master's personal office, his Clerk's office and the Enquiry Lobby, finally coming to rest when the buffers hit the wall of the Fish Store alongside the Parcels Office. The front of the second coach was lifted off its leading bogie and was driven against the coach ahead, but the rest of the train remained on the rails.
Two passengers and five members of the railway staff were injured, including the Station Master and the relief Assistant Station Master. 1 regret 10 report that the Assistant Station Master succumbed to his injuries on the following day."
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